Beef Gyudon is a popular Japanese dish consisting of thinly sliced beef simmered with onions in a savory sauce, served over a bowl of steaming white rice. It’s a simple, comforting, and satisfying meal perfect for a quick, easy lunch or a busy weeknight. The dish is flavorful and fragrant, with the sweetness of the onions balancing the savory umami flavors of the beef and the sauce.
To make beef gyudon, we’ll need thinly sliced beef, onions, soy sauce, mirin, sake, sugar, and dashi (Japanese soup stock). First, we’ll cook the beef and onions in the sauce until everything is tender and the flavors have melded together. Then we’ll serve it over a bowl of steaming hot rice and garnish it with green onions and pickled ginger.
Savoury Beef Gyudon Recipe
- ½ pound beef sirloin or ribeye, thinly sliced
- 2 medium onions thinly sliced
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup mirin
- ¼ cup sake
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup dashi Japanese soup stock
- 4 cups white rice cooked
- 4 sprigs green onions sliced
- 1 teaspoon ginger pickled, for garnish
- Using a large skillet or wok, heat the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the thinly sliced onions to the skillet and sauté until softened and translucent.
- Add the thinly sliced beef to the skillet and cook until the meat is browned on all sides.
- Add the dashi to the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer the beef and onion mixture for 10 to 15 minutes or until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened.
- Divide the cooked rice into four bowls.
- Spoon the beef and onion mixture over the rice.
- Garnish with sliced green onions and pickled ginger.
- Serve hot, and enjoy!